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Pramada M Rao
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 25, 1943
  • Place of birth:
    Jammalamadugu, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Date of passing: Apr 25, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Arlington, Virginia, United States
Pramada was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grand aunt, cousin, and most of all fighter. She is the strongest woman most of us know. Let the memory of her be with us forever; she will be missed dearly.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Pramada Rao, 71, born on March 25, 1943 and passed away on April 25, 2014. We will remember her forever.

A celebration of her life will be held at her home in Chandler, AZ on Saturday, May 10th from 4-7pm located at 5225 S. Opal Place, Chandler, AZ 85249.  Feel free to stop by any time during the three hours.

Pramada was a beloved member of the Indian community in Phoenix and was an active participant in Arizona Telugu and Kannada Sangha cultural programs.  She was a regular attendee of Vishnu Sahasranama and Rudram chanting and was always involved in SVK and Maha Ganapati temple events.  She loved to travel and would always be up for another trip across the globe. She also enjoyed writing songs tuned to the occasion and loved to sing. Pramada brought vibrancy and joy to all surrounded her.  She touched many of our lives while living in Chandler and we will be missing her sparkling presence and her big beautiful smile.

Pramada has been battling cancer and other ailments for the last 10 years.  She was a fighter and never lost the sight of the will to live. During this difficult journey, she showed us the meaning of mental strength, positive attitude and passion for life.  She will be greatly missed and will be an inspiration to every one of us.

Pramada’s passing proceeded by her first husband, Dr. Mohan K. Rao and son, Dinakar M. Rao.  She is survived by her second husband, Subba Rao Thallam, brothers: Narayana Rao, Dattareya Rao, Srinavasa Rao, Ramakrishna Rao, Padmanabha Rao, sisters: Vijalakshmi Yarasi and Haripriya Santaram, and daughters: Harita and Sangeeta Rao.

If you would like to donate in memory of her, please consider the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition http://tiny.cc/aw64ex or her temple, the Sri Venkata Krishna Kshetra in Tempe, AZ http://tiny.cc/e3o6ex or American Cancer Society http://tiny.cc/jx64ex 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Roopa Pandarinath on 25th April 2016

"Pramada...you were a warm and loving person. You are missed. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 25th April 2016

"Hi Amma,

We went to the temple yesterday to do a pooja for you. I sat there listening to the prayers and I can just picture you sitting there and singing. You are in peace now with GOD, I will always remember your singing and prayers. Love you always. Your daughter, Harita"

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 25th March 2016

"Wish you were here so I can give you a call an tell you about my new job.  You could of stayed with me at my house and I would be there taking care of you. I see your picture everyday in my room.  When I wear your makeup, when I wear your Venkateshwara necklace, I feel you are in me.

You and Appa are at peace together.  I can picture both of you happy together sitting on top of a cloud and looking down on me everyday.
I will always miss talking to your and hugging you.  You are the strongest person I know, stronger than me.

                           HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

This tribute was added by Roopa Pandarinath on 25th March 2016

"Happy Birthday...Wherever you are, I am sure you have that lovely smile on your face."

This tribute was added by Dawn Juliet Santhiapillai on 25th April 2015

"Dear Pramada,
I did not know you but having read all the Tributes from your family I understand you were a very nice person. I understand it has been a year since you went back to the Creator God. Hope you are enjoying Paradise with all the Angels and Saints. Your daughter Harita is really missing you. After reading her Tributes I felt so sorry for her. I lost my Mother many years ago and it took me a very long time to get over the sadness. I know what it is to lose a loving, caring and a kind Mother. Please Pramada pray for your daughter from heaven look after her and give her strength to get over her sadness in her heart.
May God bless you
Love and prayers
Juliet"

This tribute was added by Dawn Juliet Santhiapillai on 24th April 2015

"Hello Harita,
I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your dear Mother. I received an e-mail about your mother's Memorial Website from Forevermissed.com.
I was really touched by your Tributes to your beloved Mother.
When I lost my Mother many years ago I too suffered the same pain that you are going through. May God give you strength to go through this difficult time. May God bless you and your Mother in heaven."

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 16th April 2015

"Hi Amma,

We had the ceremony for you.  I miss you so much, can't believe it has been a whole year already.  You use to call me on weekends and ask what are you doing.  Everytime I see your picture, I start crying. Your picture looks so ALIVE, feels like you are starring at straight at me."

This tribute was added by Narayan & Lata Shah on 15th April 2015

"We met her after we relocated to PHX from MI in 2012 and during the short time we have known her we nicknamed her an Iron Lady of our community.  We know of no one who has courageously fought so many adversities in life.  She is and always will be an inspiration to all. We miss her knocking on our door during her morning walk and talking about daughters.  She is in a better place now."

This tribute was added by Rao Thallam on 25th March 2015

"During the seventeen years we were married, Pramada left me with everlasting memories of her. She loved life always with smiling face, making friends with everyone who came into her life. She is affectionately known as “Pramada Auntie” for many people in Indian community in Phoenix area, who remember her always in their hearts. Pramada faced adversities in life with courage. She  loved life till the end. She loved travel and with that she showed me the world. We traveled to many countries in the short time we lived together and she made friends with many co-travelers.

Her soul is immortal.
Bhagvad Gita – Chapter 2 – 12, Krishna said:
“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be”
Chapter 2-17:
“That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul”"

This tribute was added by Sripathi Yarasi on 25th March 2015

"Bhagavad Gita (8.27): Naite sṛtī pārtha jānan yogī muhyati kaścana, tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu yogayukto bhavārjuna (8.27). English translation and explanation “Therefore, be a yogi, O Arjuna, and try to tread the upper path.” Even after death our karmas will pursue us wherever we go—.. we will be caught by the nemesis of our actions, the results of what we have done. ..Knowing this, we will certainly become wiser and, therefore, work for a state of establishment in yoga—union with the divinities in the various graduated scales of development, or with the Supreme Absolute itself, whatever the case may be. Either way, one will be a supreme yogi who is united with the Absolute now, or one will be a graduated yogi who will move systematically through the stages mentioned. Anyway, knowing this, one will not come to grief. Tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu yogayukto bhavārjuna: “Therefore, become a yogi, Arjuna!”

With one year completion after passing away the soul from this earth: Pramada Pinamma is now a Graduated Yogi."

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 25th March 2015

"Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday Dear Amma!  Happy Birthday to you!  Miss you very much Amma, I know your Spirit is well and Alive!   I picture you standing on a cloud with Appa and Aniah.  Have a GREAT BIRTHDAY Celebration with Appa and Aniah.  Wish I can touch your face.

Love You,

Harita"

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 29th January 2015

"Hi Amma, Scott and I just visited India for two weeks.  We saw Pedda Amma and Dathu Mamma.  I could feel your presence there in Ananthapur, walking the house.  Like you were sitting next to me and you walking to the kitchen and helping out with in the meals.   We were at Vittal Kakka's house and I saw the same painting there where we had our picture taken in 2008 of October. I still remember that day with you and me.
I will always think of you and miss you.  Love you so much."

This tribute was added by Pravn Kumar on 8th July 2014

"First Time i met Pramada Atha is at Anniversary of Nannamma at Kadapa.  She gave me rubber toys which are still there with us. I was studying 4 Standard. From then onwards she made a point to visit us every time she comes to India. The most memorable time we spent with her was during Swetha Akka's Marriage which Madhuri mentioned earlier. I got the privilege of meeting her with my wife during her last visit to India. I also thank Haritha & Rao garu for arranging a skype call couple of months back which were her last words. Atha was on pain on that day but she managed to speak with all of us for sometime. She is really very kind at heart and very lovable person. Her family missed her but i feel her love and care are always with us. MISS U ATHA......."

This tribute was added by Mary Ann Richards on 7th July 2014

"Sweet friend, I will miss you. You taught me so much about being a good friend. I'm very fortunate to have met you in Dallas and worked with you as a nurse. You will forever be in my memory. Thank you for teaching me to love Indian food, your cooking was the best!"

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 23rd June 2014

"Hi Amma,

I put three pictures of you and me when we went to India in 2008.  It was you and me.  I just enjoyed every moment of it. All stories you tell me about LORD SHIVA, I will miss so much.   I will not be able to go on a trip like this again with my mother.  That was my last trip with Amma to India.  When I see women wearing indian clothes, or a picture of LORD SHIVA, Amma is the first person who comes in my head.  She would tell me everything about traditional Indian ceremonies.  I just Miss my Indian culture so much.  Maybe Amma is with LORD VISHNU and LORD SHIVA.  I will be able to see her when I go to the temple."

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 18th June 2014

"Hi Mom!

We have not yet gone to India but we will take your Ashes and immerse them into the Ganges River like you requested. Goddess Ganga will look over you and remember Lord Shiva is with you too.  You are safe from destruction and war in the world."

This tribute was added by Yillah Natalie on 4th June 2014

"Auntie, I know you will be sorely missed. I have many memories of you - your cooking, your kindness, your resolve - and they are all full of loveliness and lessons and wisdom to which I hope to aspire. Know that you've left behind not only a legacy but two beautiful and tough women who will do great honor to your loving spirit. Rest in peaceful slumber."

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 3rd June 2014

"Hi Mom,

My birthday is coming up and I don't know what to do on my birthday.  There is no need for to go shopping at all.  I just want a call from my mother, don't want to do anything on my birthday.  You know, I feel like I should just leave this country and go back to India."

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 30th May 2014

"I can't believe you are gone Mom! I keep seeing your pictures all the time.  You are the strongest woman I know, stronger than me.  You were my only parent.  Feels so weird without my mom and dad here anymore.  I wish you can call me on my cell phone.  I love you!"

This tribute was added by Jessi ZuHone on 30th May 2014

"I will always remember caring for Pramada. Her mental and physical strength was immeasurable and so inspiring. Regardless of what she was going through she would always have a smile on her face and a calm spirit. It is apparent that she has passed these attributes on to her daughters Sangeeta and Harita. Pramada, I know you are now comfortable and no longer suffering, may you rest in peace. ~ Jessi"

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 23rd May 2014

"Sangeeta graduated Wednesday, May 21st, 2014.  I know you were watching her when she walked on the stage after they called her name.  She has a Masters in Marketing.  We are all so proud of her and I know Mom is Proud of her too!  My mother really wanted to come and see her at the ceremony!"

This tribute was added by Sangeeta Rao on 15th May 2014

"My Mom was my rock, as I was hers. People tell me how strong I am, and I know I get it from her. I am who I am today because of her. I love her so much...she will be forever in my heart. Your loving daughter, Sangeeta"

This tribute was added by Dave Spurrier on 15th May 2014

"Mrs. Rao was a wonderful lady!  I enjoyed her company each time we met.  We worked together and were friends for more than 12 years.  During that time I attended family weddings, met her here in the office and talked many times on the phone.  She and her family have always been a pleasure to be with.  She was a lady that always seemed to be in a good mood and always very positive.   It too was clear to me that she cared deeply for her family and friends.  She will be missed…"

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 14th May 2014

"I miss you mom!  You are always smiling with a beautiful face and such soft cheeks.  I always look at your pictures, especially our trips together and the wedding pictures.  You are so happy in all of them.  You will be forever in my heart and I will always miss.  Nobody can replace you at all.  Just can't believe you are gone.  For sure, I will miss your calls every weekend.  There are days that I tend to look at my phone thinking you will call but the phone will not ring."

This tribute was added by Vasudha Bhavaraju on 10th May 2014

"Even though I only met Pramada Aunty and Rao Uncle in 1999 when I first moved to Phoenix, they seemed just like the "Aunties and Uncles" I knew growing up in NJ. Pramada Aunty's warmth and kindness were so welcoming. The greatest impression she made on me was her limitless optimism. No matter what, she had a smile on her face and a positive outlook. I wish Uncle, Sangeeta, and Harita peace and warm memories."

This tribute was added by Sharatchandra Bhargav on 9th May 2014

"Hello Pramada Aunty,

We will miss your boundless enthusiasm in attending the Rudrabhishekam every month in Phoenix and your wholehearted singing with complete devotion and fervor. You taught me to always smile and never give up in the face of adversity. Your smiling face will remain with me for ever. May your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Roopa Pandarinath on 6th May 2014

"Pramada, i really did not believe that you would leave us when you wrote to me a few months back! We miss you so much! It is hard to believe you are not here!
Pramada was such a warm person and she was always cheerful. We have a lot to learn from the courageous life she led. I will always look up to her and value all the advise she gave me. The last time I saw her she was wearing a gorgeous necklace and looked lovely. I will always remember her like that!"

This tribute was added by Debra Nicholas on 5th May 2014

"It has been my pleasure to visit with and serve Mrs. Rao over the years when she called with questions concerning her financial affairs. I found her to be a wise woman who cared deeply for her famly. I will miss her beautiful accent so different from my own. I was saddened to hear of her loss and wish her family well as they continue their lives without her earthly presence.  Sincerely,   Debra Nicholas"

This tribute was added by Harita Rao on 2nd May 2014

""I remember from my childhood that my mother would work so hard in the hospital during Christmas and other holidays.  You know, she cared more about others than her own health.  There were times, I would worry about her myself.  When Amma's Cancer started, she would not even care, she would attend all the Telugu functions and even visit family.  She would tell me what food she made for the Kannada and Telugu functions all the time and poojas she attended.  I will miss her cute smile and her loving jokes.  Every year, she would sing "Happy Birthday" to me and Sangeeta on the phone and I would turn red.   From watching her battle through Cancer, I have become stronger and I am grateful.  
I will always miss you Mom.  You will be in my heart forever and ever.

Your Loving Daughter, Harita"

This tribute was added by Scott Eichelsdorfer on 1st May 2014

"It was a difficult decision for Atta to move to Virginia from Phoenix, but i'm glad she did so we could spend the time with her that we did. I'm glad that i was able to get to know her more than just from our visits to Phoenix. She has such a good heart and is such a sweet person. I'll miss her. Scott"

This tribute was added by Patricia Simon on 1st May 2014

"Though I never met Mrs. Rao, I'm sure I know some of her through Sangeeta. May she rest in peace and know her daughter carries on her legacy. ~P.Si"

This tribute was added by imran siddiqui on 1st May 2014

"Amazing Lady she was a great fighter Whenever i interacted with her she had a big smile on her face and even in her last days she didnt complain about anything.She is in Peace now. Thanks for giving me a chance to know you. With all due respect, Imran"

This tribute was added by Madhuri Seetha on 1st May 2014

"She is a very good singer.I still remember the song that she wrote and sang on swethakka marriage which is about brothers and sisters of bondalakunta family.She used to take photos with us when she visits India and sends that photos through posts and also she used to write some matter on the backside of each and every photo.Myself and atha sang annamayya keerthanas in basara temple .Very active person in the family.She used to plan get-togethers when she visits India.I missed her very much in my marriage. :(::::If I am not wrong she almost visited whole of the world.I still remember her powerful voice.She used to  start the conversation with me like this "Yem Madhuri cheppu visheshaalu".I feel definitely the brothers of pramada atha will miss theirs own nicknames which were used to call by atha  .....narayana,dattu,seenu,kittu, paddu....
-MISS YOU and LOVE you ATHA."

This tribute was added by Sangeeta Rao on 1st May 2014

"I remember from my childhood that my mother would work so hard in the hospital during Christmas and other holidays.  You know, she cared more about others than her own health.  There were times, I would worry about her myself.  When Amma's Cancer started, she would not even care, she would attend all the Telugu functions and even visit family.  She would tell me what food she made for the Kannada and Telugu functions all the time and poojas she attended.  I will miss her cute smile and her loving jokes.  Every year, she would sing "Happy Birthday" to me and Sangeeta on the phone and I would turn red.   From watching her battle through Cancer, I have become stronger and I am grateful.  
I will always miss you Mom.  You will be in my heart forever and ever.

Your Daughter, Harita"

This tribute was added by Sripathi Yarasi on 1st May 2014

"I know Pramada Pinamma since I was a kid and even before Sangeetha knew her Mom:-) I use to visit Guntakal (India) to see her.  She looked exactly like my Mother. Pramada Pinamma was a fighter. She said she would be with us as long as she could. She goes to cancer treatment one day, but next week she goes to a Telugu function as if nothing has happened to her. She did not care for cancer and she traveled a lot and enjoyed her life till the last moment. Despite being in the USA for decades, Pramada’s Telugu handwriting is awesome as if she was a Telugu literature guru. She was one a few American Indians, who keenly followed both Indian and US politics. She was a great Hindu devotee and frequently recites Vishnu Sahasranamamu, so I think we should all recite Vishnu Sahasranamamu in memory of Pramada Pinamma so that she can enter Vikuntamu (Vishnu’s place)."

This tribute was added by Swetha Singirikonda on 1st May 2014

"My aunt was a fighter and she stands as an inspiration to me in all walks of my life. In many ways I see myself like her, I love to travel around the world just like her, one day I hope I can give something back to the community like how she did, and finally I also get compliments that I share same feauters like her.
We miss you dearly and may your soul rest in peace. She is in better place now."

This tribute was added by Sangeeta Rao on 30th April 2014

"I will remember her delicious South Indian cooking, cracking stupid jokes, taking care of me when I had chicken pox on my 13th birthday, teaching me how to tie a saree, and her never-ending fight that I would marry a good South Indian boy. While she's no longer on this earth, she will forever be in my soul, my heart, my personality, and vivacity. She made me the strong woman I am, and for that I am grateful.  I love you Mom. Your loving daughter always, Sangeeta"


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